What Not To Do

Aug 23, 2011, 4:39 PM |

I played in a Chess Tournament last Saturday. It was a lot of fun! I played 4 games. 3 were against very young kids, and another was against a kid younger than me but older than the other 3, probably by about 3 or 4 years. I won 2 games, both against 2 younger kids. While I lost 2, one against a young kid and another against the older one.

I like to open my chess games with the King's Gambit (as white) and then to the Gaga Gambit.

What this does is open up the king side pieces, which also opens up the king. So, that is not so good. But I have not lost many times with it, and I like that it opens up the pieces! Especially the rook. So, it is my opening for white.
But at the tournament, I went and did a terrible thing against one of the younger folk, and I was totally destroyed right then and there! Here it is:
This was a terrible mistake that lost the game for me. I think I have done it before, but it must have not made an impression, or it just wasn't a bad impression. But, here is the rest:
The rest of the game, the kid checked me into checkmate. As you can see, it was pretty easy to check me after Ke2.
So, the lesson is, don't play gxf4 in the Gaga, unless you have a defense for the queen coming down.
And I would like to note that I had a success with the Gaga Gambit earlier in the tournament.
I hope you enjoyed this post!